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Beulah Lake

Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:04 PM

The MS River is at 27 feet on the Arkansas City gauge and falling.

Crappie fishing on Lake Beulah has really been picking up. Hearing a lot of good reports from fishermen catching some good sized crappie. 3-5 feet of water seems to be the sweet spot right now. Get out there and hook some crappie while the weather is nice.

For bass, good locations should be around the fishing piers and old pilings on the Mississippi side of the lake - anywhere with cover in water 3 to 8 feet deep. Try a square billed crankbait around points or along the shoreline. Soft plastic worms or lizards fished slow and close to cover is also often effective.  As long as the river remains out of the lake and water levels remain relatively low, fish should be concentrated around whatever structure is still underwater.

For catfish, try tightlining on the bottom in deep water or fishing trotlines down at the southern end of the lake.  Best baits for blues and channels would be chicken liver or nightcrawlers.

Lake Beulah can be located by turning West on Main Street from Highway 1 in the town of Beulah. Take the left ramp to go up the levee then the next right. This will take you to the public boat ramp on the North end of Beulah.

Lake Beulah is at a relatively high elevation compared to other Mississippi River oxbow lakes. When the river is below 18 feet (Ark. City) the water level of the lake is stable. Between 18 - 20 feet lake level is controlled by drainage through culvert in dam. Above 24 feet lake rises/falls close to same rate as changes in river.

A depth map of Lake Beulah can be found at the folloiwing link:  http://www.mdwfp.com/media/290093/lake_beulah_depth_map_2015.pdf.


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